The Amphicar Model 770 is an amphibious automobile which was launched at the 1961 New York Auto Show.It was made in West Germany and marketed from 1961 to 1968, with production ceasing in 1965.Designed by Hans Trippel, the amphibious vehicle was manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde, with a total of 3,878 manufactured in a single generation.
Front undersurface is slightly pointed and sharply cut away below. The wheels are set low, so that the vehicle stands well above ground level when on dry land. Front and rear bumpers are placed low on the body panels (but fairly high in relation to dry ground). The one-piece windshield is curved. The foldable top causes the body style to be classified as cabriolet. Its water propulsion is provided by twin propellers mounted under the rear bumper.Watch the video from idriveaclassic:
The Amphicar’s engine was mounted at the rear of the craft, driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. For use in the water, the same engine drove a pair of reversible propellers at the rear, with a second gear lever engaging forward or reverse drive.
The powerplant was the 1147 cc Standard SC engine from the British Triumph Herald 1200.The Amphicar engine had a power output of 43 hp (32 kW) at 4750 rpm, slightly more than the Triumph Herald due to a shorter exhaust.Designated the “Model 770”,the Amphicar could achieve speeds of 7 knots in the water and 70 mph (110 km/h) on land.